Dairy prices tumble again

A screen grab of the recent results from Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auctions.

7:49 AM  Dairy prices at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction have now fallen eight times in a row.

Sheep industry's best

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

7:26 AM  The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards.

Fonterra proposes job cuts

Staff from Fonterra's London St office pour into the Salvation Army Hall for a meeting on a major restructure.

Fonterra staff across NZ called into meetings in to hear about a proposal to cut "hundreds" of jobs.

Judge to rule on milk saga

Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer will deliver his decision about whether Fonterra is liable for the offensive smells emitted in Eltham during March and May last year, after it dumped millions of litres of buttermilk in the town's wastewater treatment plant.

7:13 AM  How a favour turned foul has been played out in a New Plymouth court.

Tiny death rate on shipment

The exporters behind a massive Mexican shipment say they have done their best to reduce stock losses. The shipment of  45,110 mated ewe hoggets and 3224 heifers are being loaded on a fleet of trucks to eventually be distributed around Central Mexico.

A total of 191 sheep and one heifer died during a controversial trip to Mexico.

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opinion

Trapped in a cage

Science time is immeasurable. "I spent 10 years studying the problems related to soil acidity in New Zealand and still there is work to be done," says Doug Edmeades.

The CRI Act has trapped science in an inappropriate framework, writes Doug Edmeades.

It's cow heaven

OPINION: Keith Woodford sees a tortured path ahead to new dairy systems that meet environmental, animal welfare and economic criteria.

Anti-farming nutters are at it again

How the animal rights argument got skewed

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Several drink filtered effluent

Craig Hawes was surprised that several people drank his company's filtered effluent water at the Fieldays.

Patrick Roskam at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

dairy

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

7:49 AM  Dairy prices at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction have now fallen eight times in a row.

New player in dairy goat industry

A NZ-based nutritional products company has formed a supply partnership to make a push into the dairy goat infant formula industry.

Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer will deliver his decision about whether Fonterra is liable for the offensive smells emitted in Eltham during March and May last year, after it dumped millions of litres of buttermilk in the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Judge to rule on Eltham milk saga

7:13 AM  How a favour turned foul has been played out in a New Plymouth court.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Breeders on a high after record sale

Angus breeders Charlie and Susie Dowding are buzzing at the sale of one of their bulls for $100K.

The snow had to be removed from the backs of bulls before they entered the auction ring at a Totara Valley sale.

Bull sales encounter snow

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Sheep

Sheep industry celebrates its best

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

7:26 AM  The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

Mexican farm promoted NZ technology as the best

The Nada's recent sailing from the Port of Timaru with a shipment of livestock left a trail of conjecture in its wake

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Fonterra announces proposed job cuts

Staff from Fonterra's London St office pour into the Salvation Army Hall for a meeting on a major restructure.

Fonterra staff across the country have been called into meetings in which they were informed of a proposal to cut "hundreds" of jobs. 

Tiny death rate on controversial shipment

A total of 191 sheep and one heifer died during a controversial trip to Mexico.

Deadly chemicals sold in drink bottles

People have been selling deadly chemicals in fruit juice and soft drink bottles on Trade Me, despite the fact the practice is illegal.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

Merkel is winning Greek battle

Her critics call her the villain of the Greek drama, a taskmaster forcing a bankrupt nation to its knees.

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